Late last night the Wisconsin Badgers football team added defensive back Alex Smith. The California product is listed from safety to athlete depending on the website you look to, but will likely play cornerback for the Badgers.

Smith is the first defensive back in the Badgers 2018 recruiting class, bringing the total amount of recruits to 13. Standing at 6’0″and 165 pounds, Smith will have to pack on some weight before making an impact in the defensive backfield.

In high school, Smith did more than just disrupt throws and make impressive tackles. He returned 13 kickoffs for an astounding average of almost 40 yards per attempt and also brought three of those kicks back for touchdowns.

Two things stand out while looking at his game film from high school: Smith has outstanding outstanding closing speed, and his return ability was unfair to opposing teams.

We’ve already talked about the return ability, which the Badgers will surly utilize, but there are multiple times Smith looks to be out of a play, and then out of no where he ends up making the play. Whether it be a run play or a pass down to a receiver just out of his coverage.

Looking again to his return ability, speed is once again a factor. It really looks like he is jogging while everyone else is sprinting.

All in all, the Badgers and Coach Paul Chryst are off to a fast start on the 2018 recruiting class.

Badgers 2018 class

Name  Position Ranking (according to 247) Height Weight Hometown
Reggie Pearson Jr. S 3-star 5-10 180 River Rouge, MI
Boyd Dietzen DE 3-star 6-3 235 Kimberly, WI
Trent Ingalls S 3-star 6-1 175 Menasha, WI
C.J. Goetz ILB 3-star 6-4 225 Waukesha, WI
Mason Platter OLB 3-star 6-5 220 Menomonie, WI
Michael Furtney OL 3-star 6-5 280 Milan, MI
Jack Sanborn ILB 4-star 6-2 210 Lake Zurich, IL
Chase Wolf QB 3-star 6-2 195 Cincinnati, OH
Cormac Sampson TE NR 6-5 230 Eau Claire, WI
Isaiah Mullens DE 3-star 6-5 280 Columbus, OH
Nakia Watson RB 3-star 6-0 223 Austin, TX
Jaylan Franklin TE 3-star 6-4 192 Gibraltar, MI
Alex Smith CB/KR 3-star 6-0 165 Culver City, CA